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MSNBC’s Morning Joe unloads on ‘Putin’s poodles’ in the GOP: They should get their campaign cash ‘converted to rubles’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Monday unloaded on members of the Republican Party who are still hellbent on undermining special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

While noting that many Senate Republicans have lately been voicing stronger support for Mueller’s probe, Scarborough then attacked the Republicans in the House who have nonetheless sided with President Donald Trump in calling the probe a “witch hunt.”

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“They are not just covering for Donald Trump anymore, they are not Trump’s chumps anymore, they are Vladimir Putin’s useful idiots,” he said. “Mueller’s indicted more Russians than Americans. This is a Russian story that these Republican dupes in the House of Representatives, they’re are covering for Putin. They should get their contributions converted to rubles now!”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) pointed out that Mueller’s last major indictment left no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin had to have ordered the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails.

“The remarkable thing about this indictment is, there’s no way these Russians were freelancing,” he said. “They are military intelligence operatives under orders from Vladimir Putin. Instead of inviting him to this country, he should be indicted in this country.”

Scarborough then mused about referring to House Republicans as “Putin’s poodles,” although Blumenthal said that comparison was an “injustice” to dogs everywhere.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe fact-checks Trump’s ‘slimy’ lies about Biden: ‘He’s rigging the election!’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough threw cold water on President Donald Trump's accusations against Joe Biden, as the Ukraine scandal continues to widen.

The "Morning Joe" host ripped the president for pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Biden and then leaning on states to cancel Republican primaries to snuff out three challengers' campaigns.

"You talk about an inside game, rigging the process, and we talked about how Donald Trump is rigging the process on the Republican side to make sure that as many states as possible cancel democratic elections for the primary," Scarborough said. "I mean, he's learning from Vladimir Putin the way you get 100 percent of the vote is you just cancel the elections, and that's what Donald Trump is getting Republican operatives to do across the country."

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Virginia was the bellwether of 2017’s big blue wave — but could it happen again?

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In November 2017, powered by a surge of grassroots activism one year after Donald Trump’s election, Democrats wiped out a Republican supermajority in the Virginia House of Delegates, and came within one disputed ballot and a random drawing of sharing power in a 50-50 chamber — an early harbinger of the 2018 blue wave. Now they’re back to finish the job, aiming to recapture control of both legislative chambers for the first time in 26 years and set the tone for the 2020 election.

Swing Left, a key player in flipping the House of Representatives last year, has targeted 15 races in the House of Delegates and five in the State Senate. Their main focus is people power, but they’ve also raised more than $550,000 in grassroots donations as of Sept. 11. Just two seats are needed to flip each chamber, and a court-ordered redistricting has made flipping the House much more doable.

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‘Did Obama know?’ Rudy Giuliani flings wild new accusations against Biden in overnight tweet rant

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani hurled accusations of Ukraine corruption at Joe Biden and his son in a series of middle-of-the-night tweets.

The president admitted Sunday to speaking to Ukraine's president about an investigation of Hunter Biden's business dealings with a natural gas company in the country, after a series of reports revealed his efforts to pressure that government to come up with dirt on the former vice president.

Early Monday morning, Giuliani accused Kiev of laundering $3 million to Hunter Biden and suggested the Obama administration was aware but did nothing, although the former New York City mayor offered no supporting evidence of those allegations.

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